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“The Sight” -The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailer

Nov 25, 2014

This is obviously the happiest time of year but Game of Thrones fans across the world might be arguing the reason why. With very little warning, the official Game of Thrones twitter released...

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Girls

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

Nov 24, 2014

I’m waiting for season 3 DVD news to drop and I’m contemplating just digitally downloading, and well I couldn’t help but think about which Girls character I most emulate. With shows like...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

Nov 25, 2014

The justice department was all– “You’re going to do this!” and Will was like, “No we’re not!” and then that guy- Nope, nope, nope, let me try...

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New Movies

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Nov 21, 2014

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you...

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GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

The preview for the third episode of the season gives us a warning – Jean Smart’s character, Arlene Willy-Weller, tells us “everything is completely unraveled” and we can be sure it will do just that in a rather absurd way. It also appears that the air conditioning is broken so who can know what kind of tempers could flare in that uncomfortable environment. It should be a real riot. We also have to listen for the words that make up this week’s odd title. I have fun discovering little things like that. Episode #03 – Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes Another hectic day on the ward begins. Remember, the show’s title refers not just...

“The Sight” -The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailer

“The Sight” -The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailer

This is obviously the happiest time of year but Game of Thrones fans across the world might be arguing the reason why. With very little warning, the official Game of Thrones twitter released our first teaser trailer of Season 5.  It’s only ten seconds long but it’s ten seconds long enough to inspire countless theories and expectations for the upcoming season. The teaser focuses on Arya, who we know is going through some big changes this coming season, as discussed by one of our writers here. Be mindful of possible spoilers though!  The trailer itself barely gives anything away but it’s easy to see that it definitely...

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Thanksgiving is coming, and with it, your house may begin to feel like a feasting hall in Westeros as the cold winter air is punctuated by the delicious smells of cooked fowl, along with the sounds of feuding family members and perhaps the subtle chords of The Rains of Castamere if you’re feeling especially evil. Hopefully, your Thanksgiving feast won’t include any poisoning, choking, stabbing, or dire-wolf attacks as seem to happen all too often in Game of Thrones, but if you’re looking to add a little taste of Westeros to your table this Thanksgiving, here are some ideas that should help.   Appetizers Welcome your guests into...

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The justice department was all– “You’re going to do this!” and Will was like, “No we’re not!” and then that guy- Nope, nope, nope, let me try again. With the FBI boxing up all their equipment in a show of force, Charlie managed to shoo them out by threatening to put them on television. Maggie went to Jim for help putting together an interesting piece on climate change which quickly escalated into a quiet meltdown for the Deputy Director of the EPA (because the EPA didn’t have an official head). In order to save the ACN from its apathetic heirs, Leona and Reese had to find a new investor to buy...

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

It’s rare nowadays to find anything in the pop culture lexicon that treats any kind of religious subject matter with subtlety. Come to think of it, I think it’d be hard to find subtlety in anything with some kind of religious aspect, especially the films and TV shows. For me, at least, religious films and TV shows are like sports films and TV shows. For every good one, there’s at least one bad one. For every The Last Temptation of Christ, there’s a God’s Not Dead. For every Dogma, there’s a Left Behind: The Movie. When it comes to the latter, by the way, I find it sad that we live in a world where, concerning adaptations of Left...

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions. Peace out, rumors!  Rachel is now confirmed. When will...

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

HBO’s comedies are sometimes woefully under appreciated, and it was with great disappointment that I read about the cancellation of my current favorite HBO comedy: Hello Ladies. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, HBO approved a movie send-off. The first season of Hello Ladies revolved around Stephen Merchant’s character Stuart, and his repeated attempts to find a supermodel who would sleep with him. When we left him at the end of the season, Stuart was finally presented with a choice to be with the model of his dreams, and he elected to walk away in order to comfort his friend and roommate Jessica, who had just been...

Development Slate: BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Development Slate:  BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Okay, we are short and sweet with the Slate news this time around. It is really all about cleaning out the cache of news I have sitting around. What you will see is a few tidbits about developments with existing shows plus some up and coming pilots. Here we go.   BANSHEE Season Three a Go on Cinemax With Cinemax hitting one out of the park with THE KNICK people might be paying more attention to Cinemax as of late. But, it is not the only series on HBO’s sister network. How about BANSHEE? The dramatic series is about to embark on its third season in January. The 10-episode season launches on Friday, 01.09.15 at 10pm ET. For those not...

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

I’m waiting for season 3 DVD news to drop and I’m contemplating just digitally downloading, and well I couldn’t help but think about which Girls character I most emulate. With shows like Sex and the City or Girls or others of that ilk, you can’t help but profile yourself to see which character you most resemble. At least I do that…and I’m hoping I’m not the only one. So it just begs the questions: Are you manic like Marnie? Jazzy like Jessa? Hopeful like Hannah? Or social like Shoshanna? Do you waffle over your feelings for your spouse? Do you often find yourself “downsized” from work and contemplate reevaluating your...

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

(Warning Season 5 spoilers below!) As Season Five grows ever closer, we begin the annual question of who will live and who will die in the next brutal installment of Game of Thrones, but some characters’ ability to survive may not be as gratifying as we expect. In Season One, Cersei declares that there is no middle ground between life and death when you play the game of thrones, but by now we know she is not entirely correct. While many have lost their lives in the game, some have lost more—their morals, their identities, their souls. Perhaps an even greater fear than seeing a favorite character die is seeing them shaped and molded by...

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

While it may have been frustrating for some in the past, HBO Go continues to expand to any and all device platforms of note as time marches on. Maintaining an app across literally all devices, coding languages and platforms is a feat for any tech company, let alone a television production studio. HBO has to prioritize based on device install base and focus their resouces on those platforms when it comes to development of the HBO Go app. With around five million Xbox Ones out there now and another million or so expected to sell at the holiday, HBO couldn’t delay any longer.  Here’s what Jeff Dallesandro, Vice President, Digital...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

Overview: The first new edition of STATE OF PLAY begins with a 35-minute documentary that explores the lives of three former NFL greats, quarterback Brett Favre, running back Tiki Barber and wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, as they transition from leading the lives of American superstars to those of civilians. With the help of experts in the burgeoning science of happiness, the film follows the players’ journeys to find the surprising truths of what made them so happy while in the game and how to find happiness outside of the sport that defined them for so long. Also interviewed for the film are: former NFL stars Howie Long, Michael Strahan,...

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you can tell at times what demographic a movie is trying to aim towards. Watch the trailer and see what you think…   So from what I see, it could be a cute movie about guys learning about love and relationships.  And it kind of is, but after watching it I would say it is not quite as advertised. The film focuses on three friends: Jason, Daniel, and Mikey. Played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordon respectively, these are guys...

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

This week fight fans will need to shell out a bit more to the cable company to follow the sport. Saturday night brings us the next fight from the Filipino sensation, Manny Pacquiao.  The fight will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view starting at 9pm eastern time. Many of you might be thinking who is Chris Algieri and why would I pay an extra $60 to see him fight one of the world’s most famous and talented fighters? Pacquiao is an offensive dynamo exhibiting expert ring technique, blazing hand speed and enough pop in his punches to put opponents to sleep. Chris Algieri got a severely damaged eye to go with a gift decision last summer...

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